If you have questions not answered below please get in touch.
How can I secure my place for Pilates?
Your place will be held for you with payment only. Any places that are not paid for by the published date will be open to new enquiries.
I’m going on holiday, do I need to pay if I’m going to miss a session?
Your payment for a block of classes guarantees a space for you each week, and I encourage you to use spaces in other classes to catch up so you don’t miss out. At venues where only one class runs I give my clients a four week payment holiday in a twelve month period. Please give me as much notice as possible.
Are there any additional costs?
It will not be necessary for you to buy any equipment to bring to your mat class. However if you would like to buy some items to bring or to practise with at home I can help advise you as to which may be the most useful.
Home visits may incur an additional mileage cost which I will discuss with you at the time of booking. This will be dependent on how far I will have to travel to get to you.
Do you do Pay As You Go sessions?
I’m more than happy to welcome PAYG students in certain circumstances, space permitting. The price is £10 and I would need to confirm that there’s a space available as those who have booked for a block get priority If you’d like to do an additional class and have already paid for a block of sessions you can PAYG at the sessional rate in any of my other classes with an available mat. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like more information or to book a place.
Can you teach children?
I’m qualified and insured to teach 16 year olds upwards.
Can I do Pilates if I’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis?
Having a diagnosis of osteoporosis does not prevent you from practicing Pilates, in fact it can help you enormously but there are special safety considerations that a teacher should take into account when devising a programme for you. I have completed a specialist course so I can teach you safely making adaptations so you can participate in the group class whilst improving the areas which will give you the most benefit. If you would like any further information please contact me.
Is it ok for me to do Pilates after a meal?
Pilates requires you to engage your deep abdominal muscles and some of the exercises are quite strenuous therefore I don’t advise you to eat a significant meal less than 2 hours before your session. Alcohol is not advised.
What should I do if I’m unwell or injured?
It is not advisable for you to come to your class if you’re not feeling well or have a new acute problem. It may also be necessary for you to see a health care professional to get permission to come back to class depending on the nature of the problem, I want to keep you as safe as possible. Please contact me as soon as you know you won’t be attending so we can arrange a catch up class for you. If it’s more complicated we can discuss the options.
Do I need to bring any equipment?
I provide mats and head cushions, etc. However if you want to bring your own mat, water or a towel, please do.
Do you have to do hands on correction?
Good alignment especially during movement is crucial. I use a variety of methods to guide you through the exercises including watching, verbal cues, demonstration and hands on only when necessary. I understand that for some people this can be very challenging. Please let me know if you have any particular concerns so we can work around them.
What do I need to wear?
You can wear anything which is relatively loose so that you can move easily. I need to be able to see how your body moves so relatively form fitting is ideal such as leggings/track pants and a t-shirt (not too big). Some exercises involve sliding your feet so it’s best to bring a pair of socks too.
Will I be able to keep up with the class?
You should always work within the limits of your own body so if something doesn’t feel right, let me know and I can adapt the exercise to suit you. I will never make you do something you are not comfortable with and will always give options for the more challenging exercises so you can work at your own level. If you have any questions during the classes please ask, my classes are interactive so you get the best out of the session.
What do I pay if I join a class which is already running?
The sessional rate is £8.75 so you will pay for the remaining classes in the block in a single payment.
Can I make up missed classes?
I now operate a swap board which is a password protected facility for students to hand back sessions they are going to miss and take up spaces available at other venues. Sessions can be handed back up to two hours before there session is due to start.
At the moment the facility doesn’t enable missed lessons to be reclaimed so wherever possible please hand it back, this way it keeps the system moving. In certain circumstances I can provide you with a replacement.
If you miss your ‘catch up’ lesson then it is treated as spent/taken.
You can find your password with the e-mail confirming your block booking, however please contact me if you can’t find it.
What happens if I know I am going to miss 3 or more classes?
Please contact me if this is the case.
I can offer a £30 ‘holding’ fee so that your mat is reserved for you. This offer aims to help those who have perhaps a medical procedure booked or are on a ‘BIG’ holiday.
This reduced fee cannot be offered on a frequent basis. If you can make 3 of the classes in that block you are welcome to attend but please inform me of your dates. Naturally I cannot hold a space without payment.
I visit the area regularly but not often enough to commit to a block. Can I still attend one of your classes?
Yes you can certainly join a class with an empty mat for the Pay As You Go rate of £10. I would need to do an initial 1 to 1 (discounted price of £20) to make sure I’m aware of any particular issues you have and to give you the basics so you can get the most out of the class. Please contact me if you would like to discuss or book.